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Federal (USV)


Joseph Lloyd

(c. 1831 - ?)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company B, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at age 30 on 5 June 1861.

On the Campaign

Our shattered little brigade is soon assembled behind Roulette's barn [17 September 1862 at Antietam], which is now a hospital ... Though we are comparatively safe in our present position, every minute someone is struck. Once, while we were lying here, Private Joseph Lloyd was struck with the splinter of a shell. The use of my right ear was destroyed permanently by its explosion. Four of us pick the man up to carry him to Roulette's barn. On the way a shell, one of several, strikes one of the party in both thighs, a sergeant of the Seventh Ohio. Private Lloyd is dropped at once. After examining the Sergeant and seeing that the poor fellow will likely have to lose both legs, it is determined that the other two men should take him and that I make the best of my way with Lloyd. And so, calling another to their help, they jogged along with the wounded sergeant. Lloyd and I hobbled along down the ravine, until at last, utterly tired out, I insisted upon sitting down to rest and take breath. But Lloyd, at all times a nervous man, and now more so than ever, though his wound is slight, insisted upon going on. To my complaint of being tired, he replied that it would make little difference if I were killed, as I was single, but that were he taken untimely off, a family would be left, destitute. Stunned as I was from the frightful explosion that had deprived me of the use of an ear, and tired, hungry, and sad from the sight of so much carnage as I had seen during the day, I could not resist laughter at the combination of impudence and absurdity in Lloyd's remark.

The rest of the War

Reported as a deserter 1 February 1863, but he returned, date not given. He mustered out with his Company on 13 July 1864.

References & notes

Basic information from the State Roster1. His action at Antietam from Galwey2, quoted above.


c. 1831


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 2, pg. 242  [AotW citation 14880]

2   Galwey, Thomas Francis, and W.S. Nye, editor, The Valiant Hours, Harrisburg (PA): The Stackpole Company, 1961, pp. 45 - 46   [AotW citation 14881]